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East Texans do their part for "The Cure"

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.  Helping to change that, the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure, a nationwide event that raises funds and spreads breast cancer awareness.

Whether they were running, or walking, East Texans came together Saturday morning for the cause.  More than 5,000 people turned out for the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure.  Held in Tyler, the race was one of thousands held nationwide attended by more than a million people.

Rosemary Jones is one of them.

"My life has been blessed by breast cancer," said Jones.  Cancer free for eighteen months, Jones adds today's walk is a little different than last year's.

"I had no hair last year when I walked in the race for the cure because I had just finished my chemo," said Jones.  "Now I have a full head of hair and doing great and happy to be out here."  Betty Kile, a four year breast cancer survivor had her very own support team.  She says seeing the thousands on the streets brought home the impact of the race's purpose.

"It really feels like family because everybody's together and all of the volunteers and the cheerleaders and everything, it breaks my heart," said Kile.  "I'm sorry it really does. I'm so happy."  Spending time with those she loved, Kiles enjoyed the day which was far from over.

"We've had a good day, but it's not over yet," said Kile.  "We're going to celebrate with a pedicure."  Around 95% of breast cancer cases in the U.S. occur in women over the age of forty. The good news, when caught early the five year survival rate has now increased to 98%.

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